Original Research

Handling natural hazards in Indonesia amid the COVID-19 pandemic: Muhammadiyah’s response and strategy

Muchammad Ichsan
Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies | Vol 14, No 1 | a1254 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jamba.v14i1.1254 | © 2022 Muchammad Ichsan | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 November 2021 | Published: 28 April 2022

About the author(s)

Muchammad Ichsan, Magister of Law, Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Indonesia is prone to natural hazards, which have continued to occur even during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Therefore, this study explored the response and strategy employed by Muhammadiyah, one of Indonesia’s moderate Islamic organisations, in dealing with natural hazards during this pandemic. A qualitative descriptive method was used in this study, and the data collection procedure involved finding related literature, reports, and decrees. Online interviews were also conducted with the Muhammadiyah Disaster Management Center (MDMC) administration to strengthen the data. Subsequently, this study discovered that Muhammadiyah responded by aiding victims of natural hazards, which occurred in various regions in Indonesia during the COVID-19 pandemic. The strategies employed comprise Muhammadiyah COVID-19 Command Center (MCCC) to handle COVID-19, alongside essential recommendations to the MDMC network throughout Indonesia and the various arms of the government for dealing with natural hazards during the pandemic. Also, it showed commitment to handling these hazards by establishing a standard operating procedure for Muhammadiyah volunteers and represented Indonesia during a presentation at the World Health Organization.


natural hazards; COVID-19; response; strategy; Muhammadiyah; Indonesia


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